Autocar Honda Project 2 & 4 concept to preview new track car

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    This Autocar image shows how Honda's 'Project 2 & 4' could look​
    Car and motorcycle technology could feature in Honda’s Project 2 & 4 show car

    Honda has teased a Frankfurt motor show concept that’s tipped to blend its motorcycle engine technology with four wheels and a high-tech construction to deliver a lightweight track day experience.

    Called ‘Project 2 & 4’, the show car is the winner of a global design competition between all of Honda’s studios. It was created by the Japanese firm’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and its car studio in Wako and is said to reflect Honda’s efforts to “create a more exciting user experience”.

    Honda has revealed few technical details about the show car, although it does say Project 2 & 4 will have a “cabinless design”.

    The top-down teaser image suggests that the engine will 
sit on one side of a central 
spine - and a driver cockpit could be located on the other.

    The teaser sketch also reveals references in the livery to Honda’s 1960s Formula 1 cars - a possible tribute to 
the firm’s first F1 victory, 
which came 50 years ago 
this October. There’s also a front air intake that could 
feed the engine.

    Based on the teaser sketch, the car is almost certainly a single-seater. Honda says it will provide “the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car” - another hint that it will have an open cockpit but a car-based chassis with four wheels.

    The powerplant for the show car is almost certainly derived from Honda’s line-up of motorcycle engines. The firm has a strong line-up of high-output V4 motors that would be ideal for a small track day car - most notably the unit in the upcoming RC213V-S.

    Originally shown at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the roadgoing version of Honda’s MotoGP racer has 157bhp in regular trim but is also offered with 212bhp.

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